oom·​pah | \ ˈüm-(ˌ)pä How to pronounce oompah (audio) , ˈu̇m- \
variants: or less commonly oompah-pah \ ˌüm-​(ˌ)pä-​ˈpä How to pronounce oompah-pah (audio) , ˌu̇m-​ \

Definition of oompah

: a repeated rhythmic bass accompaniment especially in a band also : music featuring such accompaniment

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Examples of oompah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This year’s event included some of the usual suspects: crowd favorite Die Guggenbach Buam, the five-man band from Germany playing traditional oompah-pah music, 13 different kinds of beers and German pastries, cookies and cakes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oktoberfest in El Cajon continues to draw thousands of revelers," 1 Oct. 2019 Every hall has a regular rotation of oompah bands, heavy on the brass. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Clean streets, clean government, good beer. On a trip through Germany, many hints of our Wisconsin home.," 30 Oct. 2019 Havre de Grace Tourism Office held a grand Oktoberfest, in Hutchins Park on Oct. 12 with oompah bands and dancers, plenty of sauerkraut, beer, bratwurst and pretzels. Ronald Browning, baltimoresun.com, "Havre de Grace: Lots of Halloween events later this month," 25 Oct. 2019 The 46th annual La Mesa Oktoberfest fills nearly six blocks with a biergarten, beer stein races, keg bowling, vendors and oompah bands. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Has the Great American Beer Festival become too great?," 3 Oct. 2019 Between now and late October, drinkers can sip golden-yellow lager, dance to oompah bands and load their plates with brats and spaetzle at multiple parties from Fort Lauderdale to Lake Worth to Hollywood. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Prost! Top South Florida Oktoberfest parties for beer, bratwursts and German dancing," 27 Sep. 2019 To celebrate, Jack’s Abby in Framingham (100 Clinton St.) hosts its first Oktoberfest Sept. 27-29 with oompah bands, German food, and the introduction of a malty new lager, Copper Legend. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Fall is around the corner, and at Jack’s Abby, so is Oktoberfest," 6 Sep. 2019 In an otherwise forgettable performance, the oompah of a polka stood out as a highlight. Kelly Whiteside, New York Times, "New Pregame Trickery: Distract the Visiting Team With Bad YouTube Videos," 5 Jan. 2018 Get your polka on with local oompah bands, grab a stein and sample authentic Bavarian delicacies. Alaska Dispatch News, "What’s happening in Anchorage this week: Senshi Con, Arctic Entries and Oktoberfest," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of oompah

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Oompah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oompah. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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